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Club Med La Caravelle
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Sainte-Anne
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

Rooms with ocean view/Marie-Galante: lots of noise (music, animation) from the Club Med party going on almost each night until midnight on the resort. Strongly suggest garden view if you want to sleep well or just read quietly between 9pm and 00h15. Would never pay more again for those rooms at that Club Med unless you are there to party...
Beach is very nice.
Eat very well.
Sports (tennis), sailing and fitness very good.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Wonderful beach, absolutely fabulous for young children due to it being safe with fun waves. Right on the doorstep of the Club Med and despite being public feels safe and part of the resort.
The rooms are fine but problems with La Carevelle exist:

Mini Club needs to put more effort into providing a variety of entertainment for the kids throughout the day. The staff are kind, but an element of laziness appears to be creeping in. The shows are very lame compared to other Club Meds. The communication with parents is poor and we never knew when the children would be in a play, or what time they would be doing certain activities, or telling us what the children needed for the activities planned.

The quality of the food was good, but it became quite monotonous with only slight variety each day.

The bar was hopelessly understaffed meaning very long waits to be served.

A big problem was the noise. The GO loved setting up amplifiers and blasting music and quiz shows in the club and at the beach at huge volume at all times of day. Some peopled enjoyed this, but most would grimace and gather their things to move a distance away everytime the sound was cranked up.

Its not a bad club, and is in a great location, but Improvement is required. We had a great time however and the Chef du Village was excellent and ever present ensuring his guests were having a good time.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Barnessw
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

Spent 12/7 to 12/14 at La Caravelle.

Cons:
Language - Everything is in French
Not understanding and being an American we were lost, missed so much!! Do not go to La Caravelle if you do not understand French. Americans do not seem to be welcomed. Most of the guests were from France and most did not speak English. I asked if the GOs could use English, especially when introducing shows and other events. They said they would but never really did make an attempt. No wonder only about 14 Americans were there! Some GOs did attempt to speak English one-on-one, but some GOs (especially females at reception) were actually rude and were not happy about having to speak English, some didn't know English at all. Did meet some nice guests who translated for us!

Accommodations: Awful - Do not take rooms in Basse-Terre: room smelled like mildew and there was mold in the bathroom. Mentioned this many times and their answer was to spray the room this awful smelling stuff. They also changed the filter in the AC, but none of this helped. They actually painted over the mold in the bathroom on our last day!!

Food: OK - could have had more fresh fruit, hoping for papaya and mango, but I guess not in season.

Pros: Beach

Would not go back. If you are an American do not go here, got the feeling they didn't like Americans much.

Room Tip: Do not choose Basse-Terre - room awful, smelled like mildew and mold in bathroom.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank KnitOne
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

I only spend one day at La Caravelle before heading back to Europe but had a very nice time there. The beach is really beautiful - as you imagine the Caribbean. Although it's a public beach, you never feel unsafe. Lots of activities: sailing, aérobics, circus, etc. The buffets at La Caravelle are delicious. The CDV, Mathias Maria, is really everywhere and his GO team is friendly, super efficient and helpful. There is a nice boutique with a lot of choice. Some of the buildings hosting the rooms may look "ugly" from the outside but don't stay on a "1st bad impression". I would definitely recommend this Club Med, especially for families with children as the facilities for kids are very well organized.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

We went to Club Med 09/11/2013 - 16/11/2013. Everything, absolutely everything was perfect. Our kids, 10 and 8 years had a blast... They didn't want to come back. We went to few places (Beaches in Turks and Caicos and in Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Cuba,Tahiti) and this is our best vacation!!!

The weather was perfect. The Club Med offers a lot of activities, excursions and shows (every night). The food was delicious (only 1 buffet, 1 restaurant, but the menu was different every day).
The GO's are amazing and very nice beside manners. I would like to thanks Saida, Eddine and Fabrice (Decouverte), Karima (Sport), Nabil and Nicholas (they were so funny), the GO of the AquaGym and special thanks to Guillaume at the reception desk (we forgot my son's special box and he was there for us to send FEDEX). And of course Thank you Mathias (Chief of the village) and PJ. Both of them have an incredible energy.

We would definitely go back...

Je vous remercie infiniment... Grace à toutes cette equipe, nous avons passé d'incroyables vacances.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Naima_Boukouiss
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Reviewed 13 November 2013 via mobile

With 2 boys , 11 and 13, the task of keeping them busy and happy felt challenging.
Between windsurfing, kitesurfing, archery, swimming and scuba diving, tasting the delicious creole food, there was never a dull moment. The staff were friendly and efficient. The tour to the Cousteau reserve was disappointing. The spa is actually just a massage center.
We'd like to extend a very special recommendation and thanks to Hervé at the Noa diving center who patiently and kindly initiated our 11 yr old to the great joys of scuba diving through the Padi scuba certification .

Stayed: November 2013
2  Thank Lisa D
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

The flight was sold as 'direct' but had a refueling stop in Haiti. The Club has two wings that are in need of renovation. Basse Terre being one! As a family of 5 we took 2 interleading rooms. Spacious but with mould and mildew. Housekeeping was aware of the problem in the a/c units and scrubbed the walls and sprayed some air freshener. We asked to change rooms. The suite was lovely but the 2nd room was very small.
This Club is not on a private beach. You will not/do not have the same peace of mind with your children or personal belongings. (We lost flip flops which were returned to the beach after approaching the locals that came every day to the beach). We did not bring kindles or other valuables to the beach which changed the relaxed atmosphere associated and experienced at other Clubs in the Bahamas or Asia.
The staff don't make a big effort with the children to engage non-French speakers (it's very different in Asia - all children are accommodated).
After the shows - the GO's leave the stage and do not actively encourage guests to go to the bar / beach and so the atmosphere is quite 'meh'.
The kitchen is accommodating of special needs but you do feel like you are putting them out! I challenge the head chef Carole, to go gluten free for a week to better understand that the choices offered are very poor. Other guests made the same comment when we chatted.
My daughter was hit on the head by a garbage pickup truck as it was reversing. It did not stop to see if she was ok. Why do the trucks run in the front of house and not back of house ? Easier for the staff, but not the most pleasant for the guests.
The front office staff were super and as helpful as they could be. The Club Chef, Julien was visible but not so available (unless you went to him at the end of your tether).
Not our best Club Med experience. We will not return here. There are many other clubs tht are more inviting.
(Note: the pool has little to no shade and is enclosed by glass which ensures no breeze. Killer hot!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Address: Quart Carvelle, Sainte-Anne 97180, Guadeloupe
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Region: Caribbean > Guadeloupe > Grande-Terre Island > Sainte-Anne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Sainte-Anne
Price Range: £233 - £581 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Club Med La Caravelle 4*
Number of rooms: 299
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An all inclusive resort on one of Guadeloupe's finest beaches. Located in the heart of the Caribbean, La Caravelle all inclusive resort is an ideal setting for a vacation retreat. Soak in the Caribbean sun on the golden beaches of Guadeloupe, experience island culture in the markets and shops of Point-A-Pitre, or treat yourself to the ultimate spa treatments at the resort's wellness center. With activities for both parents and children, La Caravelle is the perfect winter retreat for the entire family. Children, young and old, will be thrilled to take a class at the truly unique trapeze and circus school on the resort grounds. While the children try their hand at juggling, trampolines, or tight ropes, parents can enjoy a peaceful meal at one of the many beach side restaurants. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Club Med La Caravelle Hotel Sainte-Anne
Club Med Ste Anne
La Caravelle Club Med
Club Med Guadeloupe
Ste. Anne Club Med
Club Med La Caravelle Guadeloupe/Sainte-Anne

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